Limitations of Right and Wrong
What do you notice within yourself when attempting to learn under the paradigm of right and wrong? In accelerated learning we find a vast increase of retention (and experience) with students who learn in an open and playful environment. Students are more present, and thereby receptive, as it engages both the right and left hemispheres of the brain. This is often referred to as whole-brain learning, which is expanding beyond the limitations of our conscious mind. To foster such an environment, a technique is used to relax everyone in the room and free the mind from judgments.
Environments like this allow for students to be more present and carefree. Their mind is no longer in a state of tension, it is completely free of concern. There are no thoughts of needing to memorize or retain anything and there is no concern about missing something. The result is greater potential. As we look at concepts like “right” or “wrong” we find limitations and self-imposed judgments. When we are in judgment, we remain in the ego which becomes more about validating our existing paradigm, our current system of beliefs. As we release this we naturally become more open and fluid, leading us to experiences that go beyond our beliefs and associated filters. We become more childlike. Check out 30 Days without Critical Judgment to test it out for yourself.
The deeper impacts
This got me pondering on the deeper impacts that occur when we are looking for a “right” way to do something. For starters, it keeps us in a state of doubt. This hinders our ability to learn and retain information. This doubt replays anytime we recall the technique of what we recently learned, until we’ve completed enough repetitions that it becomes grounded within our being. It also implies that there is a singular method to that perspective. This clothes the process in a box, making it more challenging to think differently. As we go deeper, we find there is an attempt for validation and approval that goes back to our childhood. The seeking to do a thing “right” is the little child within us looking for validation and approval from others. This continues to belittle our self-worth and hinder our learning abilities.
Good, better and best
Several years ago, I attended a Spring Forest Qigong event with Chunyi Lin. In the very beginning of the training, he suggested to release “right” and “wrong”. He quickly pointed out that there was no “wrong” way to do energy work and healing. Instead, he shifted to the concept of “good”, “better”, and “best”, for techniques and methods. This made the training more open and playful, which allowed the students to learn quickly while gaining immediate experiences. Every individual there left with some level of confidence instead of feeling insecure or doubtful. They learned without judgment, with a completely open and present mind. Their was no concern of failure! This kept the mind free from the inner critic, allowing it to remain more present and childlike, free from worry and doubt. This makes such a difference with learning and in our potential as human beings.
The impacts of judgments
What if there was no “right” or “wrong” way to do a thing? How do you think you would learn? What do you notice when you release the concept, even if just for a minute? Does the mind freak out? If so, why do you suppose that is? What is it holding onto so dear that causes such triggering? How do you suppose this is limiting you or your experiences? As we question our thoughts we find very little truth to anything outside of belief, and a belief is just a collection of repetitive thoughts. Perhaps there is a best practice that is applicable to SOME things. However, when we discard the judgments of right and wrong, the mind becomes free from itself and this opens the doors to amazing potential.
Through inquiry, we become more mindful of the limitations in how we think, view, and process things. This allows for us to let go of our thoughts, our judgments, as we practice being more present. Our mind becomes more childlike, fully present in the moment. It leads us within, to a greater level of self-acceptance and confidence. In this, the mind becomes free from itself and we see things as they are – without filters. We expand beyond our world’s view. Test this out for yourself and observe what you experience. Notice as you inquire, how you become more mindful of your thoughts. Notice as the thoughts are questioned and released, how the mind becomes more fluid, no longer a prisoner of itself. Notice as you go within are you become complete as you are, fully embracing all aspects of the self. Notice how differently you “see” things.
Until next time,